Organized Crime

Gangster Era Reborn: Unearthed Crime Scenes from New York’s Prohibition Underworld

Nearly 100 years later, there's still new information to discover.

Courtesy of Steve Turner Personal Collection

THE MANFREDI MINEO AND STEVE FERRIGNO MURDER SCENE (NOVEMBER 5, 1930)

Manfredi “Al” Mineo and Steve Ferrigno were gunned down while leaving a Bronx apartment on Pelham Parkway. The pair were reported to be be meeting with their leader Joe “The Boss” Masseria and several other key organization members to plot strategy against the Maranzano faction. Unbeknownst to Mineo and Ferrigno, the apartment was being watched by Maranzano forces, who were stationed in an adjacent ground floor apartment with windows overlooking the courtyard. When the pair emerged, they were ripped to pieces with shotgun and machine-gun fire.

While the above picture is not new, the ones below are newly discovered pictures of the crime scene following the removal of the bodies. Note the second window on the right is closed, indicating both shooters likely fired through closed windows at their targets.

If you zoom in, you’ll note a “death cat” has taken up leisure time under the murder nest in photos B and D

Scene of shooting at 760 Pelham Parkway where Samuel Ferrara and Manfredi Mineo were killed, NYPD 13346A

Courtesy of the New York Municipal Archives
Scene of shooting at 760 Pelham Parkway where Samuel Ferrara and Manfredi Mineo were killed, NYPD 13346B

Courtesy of the New York Municipal Archives
Scene of shooting at 760 Pelham Parkway where Samuel Ferrara and Manfredi Mineo were killed, NYPD 13346C

Courtesy of the New York Municipal Archives
Scene of shooting at 760 Pelham Parkway where Samuel Ferrara and Manfredi Mineo were killed, NYPD 13346D

Courtesy of the New York Municipal Archives
Scene of shooting at 760 Pelham Parkway where Samuel Ferrara and Manfredi Mineo were killed, NYPD 13346B

Courtesy of the New York Municipal Archives

24 comments

  1. Are there anymore gangsters pictures from the archives? They were incredible. The Vincent Coll pictures were insane. I’d love to see some of Maseria and Marrazano. That would be incredible. Please let everyone know if there’s anymore being released. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks for checking it out, Jonathan! So Masseria and Maranzano photos remain big targets for me. My take is they have to be somewhere, just a matter of if the Archives have it or the NYPD themselves. Believe it or not, even all these decades later there’s still records the NYPD haven’t transferred over to the Archives. There’s definitely more gangster photos. The tricky thing with the searches is that a lot of times the names are completely misspelled due the officers who arrived on scene (you’ll notice this on some of the pictures as that’s how they’re listed in the Archives records). So, it’s really a grind to go through the records but so worth it when you find gems like these. Rest assured, once the pandemic slows down and the Archives are open to the public, I’ll be right back in there searching.

      1. Couldn’t email you directly but try this – At the bottom of the first page on the site, you should should see a list of numbers going horizontally across the page in little boxes. Each of these represents a different page with the pictures. If you’re on a mobile device, it’ll be right before title of the next article.

    1. Appreciate the support James and I absolutely loved your Youtube video! You put a big smile on my face and I’ll proudly carry that new favorite person title haha Once the pandemic slows down and the Archives reopen, I plan to get right back in there digging for more gems.

  2. Amazing pictures. Nice research Ismael. I enjoyed it including the stories that go with it. I hope you find more (Greetings from the Netherlands)

  3. Wow, those pics are amazingly clear and smooth for their age!

    Thats some great research and digging, Ismael… Coincidentally Im currently reading ‘First Family’ which centres on The Morello family so I skipped that section to avoid too many spoilers! haha

    1. That’s awesome brother, I really enjoyed that book and it gave me confidence to do my own research. Yes, definitely avoid that Morello section until you finish the book haha Let me know what you think, I’d love a TV series on the Morellos.

      1. Yeah its a great book man… i just got to the part (demise) of the Camorra and the Navy Street Gang etc amazing how the Camorra could have give the Mafia a real run for their money and essentially changed organised crime in the US…

        Ahh, I never thought about a Morellos TV series, that would be insaaaane! That definitely needs the full HBO/Showtime, big budget, period costumes and set treatment!

  4. I’m also very interested in the Amberg and Shapiro brothers. Have you come across any new pics or info about them?

    1. Glad to hear it on your Amberg and Shapiro interest! I did find leads on some potential pictures from the Amberg 1926 Tombs prison breakout and potentially some of Meyer Shapiro’s murder, but alas I’ll have to wait until the Archives open back up to follow-up.

  5. Ismael,

    These are truly incredible. The amount of work, and research that went into this is deserves recognition. I truly appreciate it, as the 1920s have always been fascinating to me so it was no problem for me to read every word and study every photo.

    I was wondering if you would have access to more? Arnold Rothstein, and Legs Diamond to name a few, would be interesting crime scenes. Both went out in gangland style hits.

    Anyways,

    Thank you

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Nucky! There is still plenty to go through regarding more potential findings. Before the pandemic shut everything down, I do remember seeing notes that indicate crime photos may exist of the hotel room where Rothstein was shot. Since he was rushed to the hospital and lingered a few days, anything that’s found would likely just be of the room and maybe the murder weapon that was tossed onto the street. Once we’re allowed back on site, I’ll be sure to look into what Rothstein photos have survived . The NYC records I used didn’t include Legs Diamond’s murder since it happened in Albany. If they still exist, they’d likely be at the New York State Archives which I haven’t had the pleasure of researching yet (in due time). I really appreciate your encouraging words and thanks again for reading.

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